FLAI: Francophone LGBTI Advocates Initiative


This project seeks to achieve four broad objectives in francophone Africa, namely: ensure that Francophone LGBT advocates and organisations have enhanced capacity, are skilled, and able to engage in SOGI advocacy; broaden the LGBT leadership in 9 francophone countries.

Programme Area





2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020



The long term development objective of the project is to improve Sexual Reproductive Health [SRH] outcomes for young key populations in SADC Countries.

The medium-term programme objective is to strengthen HIV/SRH related rights of young key populations in law, policy and strategy in 5 SADC Countries [Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.]

  • Strengthening the capacity of national governments to put in place HIV/SRH-related legal, policy and strategy environments that respect the rights of young key populations
  • Strengthening the capacity of regional and national civil society organisations including community-based groups to claim rights and advocate for strengthened national HIV/SRH-related legal, policy and strategy environments and improved HIV/SRH service provision for young key populations
  • Strengthening the capacity and leadership of SADC to facilitate Member States to put in place legal, policy and strategy environments that respect the rights of young key populations and promote regional learning
  • Strengthening the understanding of appropriate indicators and monitoring and evaluation processes that help promote accountability for implementation of human rights enabling activities that arise from law, policy and strategy assessments, advocacy and research activities
  • With support from the European Commission’s Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy through Heartland Alliance, under its Global Initiative for Human Rights, AMSHeR implemented the Francophone LGBT Advocates Initiative (FLAI) across 9 countries in West and Central Africa.
  • In Cote D’Ivoire, the project team worked with the National Human Rights Commission to develop an implementation plan to respond to the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on strengthening human rights protections for LGBT in the country.
  • In Burundi and Burkina Faso, a socio-political crisis gave more sense to the security assessment component of FLAI, shifting the focus of the project to risk mitigation and ensuring the safety of beneficiaries and the LGBT constituency as a whole.
  • In Rwanda, an existing platform on youth and human rights was extended to include project participants.
  • In Cameroon, the country’s Monitoring Group for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights invited representatives of LGBT organisations to be part of the committee drafting shadow reports and to participate in monitoring the implementation of recommendations from regional and international human rights bodies.
  • In Mali, a larger Platform was created to discuss how best to document and address SOGI-based human rights violations, and to strengthen community organising and participation in advocacy for change.

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